What to expect

A nine week inaugural course that explores a real conversation between Philosophy and Economics in the search for Justice, Prospertiy and Freedom for all. Starting Monday 24 September 2018.

Economic Justice

Come and discover that with love in the heart and reason in the mind you too can feed on bliss!

"There is sufficient in the world for man's need but not for man's greed"

Mahatma Gandhi

Course will begin on Monday 24 September and conclude December 3rd,2018.

(No class on bank holiday Monday 29 October nor the following week, 5th November).

Enrolment fee €100

Week 1

Humanity meets the Universe. In our first Session, we will look at today’s global economy, how human beings interact with the natural environment and the need for justice in the field of economics.

Week 2

Capital and the Production of Wealth. We will analyse wealth production as the cycle of transformation of naturally occurring material. We will then examine the concept of capital and how it relates to our present-day economy.

Week 3

The Market and the Importance of Location. The subject of this session is free exchange and its role in the functioning of markets. We will look at the importance of location and how this relates to economic success and failure.

Week 4

Credit and Banking. Economic activity relies on credit and in this session we will examine how genuine credit works, using micro-credit in Bangladesh as a case study. We will look at the role that civil society plays in economic activity.

Week 5

The Magic of Money. The subject of this session is money. What is money? How is it created? What is its role in a modern economy? We will also examine the theory of the firm and how this relates to economic justice.

Week 6

Distribution of Wealth. We will explore how the rental of land relates to the community. We will then look at the modern banking system and the role that interest plays in society and in the economy.

Week 7

Taxation. Governments need to extract revenue from the economy in order to function. We will examine how the present tax system works and the effects of taxation on the economy.

Week 8

Justice and Public Revenue. In this session, we will explore the principles of just taxation and look at alternative solutions from around the world.

Week 9

International Trade. We will consider the arguments for and against free trade and look at the reasons why today’s economic arrangements trap us in a perpetual cycle of boom and bust.

Week 10

Economics with Justice. In our final session, we will explore how the application of just economic principles can offer alternative outcomes for the future of humanity.

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